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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: plan /plæn/ 
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singularplan
pluralplans
  1. 1
    a series of actions that you think about carefully to help you to achieve something

    an economic/spending/corporate plan

    a peace plan

    make/work out/outline a plan:

    We need to make a plan before we can start on the project.

    go/run according to plan:

    Everything went according to plan (=there were no problems).

    a change of plan:

    There's been a change of plan. The meeting will now take place in Berlin.

    ahead of plan (=earlier than expected):

    The building was completed ahead of plan.

    have/make plans for something:

    We don't have any plans for our vacation yet.

    plan to do something:

    The administration has announced plans to reduce the use of pesticides in food production.

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